Bioremediation

Bioremediation is the process of returning a contaminated site to a safe, healthy environment.

In nature, bioremediation stimulates the growth of certain microbes that release enzymes and break down contaminants into energy and food sources. Because bioremediation uses naturally occurring organisms to break down hazardous substances, the process is not harmful. In fact, the by-products of bioremediation are simply water, carbon dioxide, and bacterial biomass.

Bioremediation Defined

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, bioremediation "uses microorganisms to degrade organic contaminants in soil, groundwater, sludge and solids. The microorganisms break down contaminants by using them as an energy source or cometabolizing them with an energy source."

Bioremediation – More than a Science Lesson

Although the process of bioremediation happens naturally over time (referred to as intrinsic bioremediation or natural attenuation), scientists have found ways to speed up the process through bioremediation technology. Today, bioremediation technology is used to clean our shores from oil spills, decontaminate our water supply, rid our neighborhoods of harmful pesticides, and even clean our homes of blood and other biohazardous materials.

Blood? Why can't I just clean up the blood myself?

Blood can pose significant health risks due to pathogens like Hepatitis and HIV, requiring specialized cleanup from a certified bioremediation professional. The problem with cleaning up blood yourself is that while it may look like the blood is gone, there are likely remnants lurking below floor boards, in grout, and in subflooring. Remember, blood that is not properly cleaned can further damage your property, spread disease, and release pungent odors.

When should I turn to a bioremediation professional for help?

When most people think of bioremediation (or crime scene cleanup), they immediately think of a violent crime. However, bioremediation can encompass suicides, accidents, and communicable diseases, all of which require the expertise of a bioremediation professional.

Which bioremediation provider should I choose?

When choosing a bioremediation provider, it is important to ask the following questions:

  • Is the company compliant with EPA and OSHA standards? There are strict laws in place limiting how medical waste can be stored and/or disposed of, and not all bioremediation providers are licensed to transport and store medical waste. Additionally, according to OSHA standards, all technicians should be trained in Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Heat Illness, Asbestos awareness, Hazard Communication, Fall Protection, Lift Safety, Power Tool Safety, and Lock Out - Tag Out.
  • Does the company exhibit a sense of transparency? You should have a clear understanding of what the cleanup process entails, and your bioremediation provider should be able to provide detailed reports on each phase of the process.
  • Does the company provide sensitivity training to employees? Events that require a bioremediation professional are often traumatic and can range from suicide and homicide to industrial accidents and unattended deaths. Bioremediation professionals should be compassionate, understanding, and above all, offer peace of mind to those involved.

Aftermath is a nationwide crime scene cleanup and bioremediation company. Our highly trained and compassionate technicians are available 24/7 to return your home or business to a safe and livable condition through non-toxic bioremediation processes. To learn more about Aftermath and our services, contact us today.

 

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Sources

Your Article Library: http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/environment/bioremediation-technologies-to-regain-natural-environment-with-examples/27479/

Claims Journals: http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2013/10/22/238753.htm

OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/law-regs.html

EPA: https://clu-in.org/techfocus/default.focus/sec/Bioremediation/cat/Overview/

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